Palmetto Electric funds local classroom projects

Palmetto Electric’s 14th annual Bright Ideas grant program provided teachers more than $40K to fund classroom projects.

Palmetto Electric Trust and Palmetto Electric Cooperative awarded $44,650 to winning teachers and their team members through the fourteenth annual Bright Ideas grant program. The prize team visited classrooms and presented grants Oct. 23, 24 and 25.

Earlier this year, teachers from southern Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties submitted proposals for innovative classroom projects.  A total of 98 grant applications, totaling over $86,484, were received.

“This year we are excited to award 57 grants to benefit more than 9,000 students in our three-county service area,” said Palmetto Electric Cooperative president and CEO Berl Davis.

The Cooperative’s Bright Ideas Prize team surprised the winning teachers and presented the money where it will be used, in the classrooms. Representatives from the Cooperative and the Trust greeted teachers with balloons, gift bags and prize checks at each school. Later this month, the coop will host a recognition luncheon at Palmetto Electric’s New River facility Nov. 14 at noon to honor the recipients and their administrators. Hampton District One Superintendent Dr. Ronald Wilcox will be the event’s speaker.

 

Area teachers who received awards from Palmetto Electric include:

Jody D. Bostick, Ben Hazel; Stephanie Carroll, Ben Hazel; Robbie White, Fennell Elementary; Jordan Murray, Fennell Elementary; Kelyne Buxton, Hampton Elementary; Chinon Conder, Hampton Elementary; Ken Howell, Hampton Elementary; Donna K. Griner, North District Middle School; Lynelle Holmes, North District Middle School; Sharon Robertson, North District Middle School; Belinda McCoy, Patrick Henry Academy; Sarah Padgett, Patrick Henry Academy; Susan H. Rice, Patrick Henry Academy; Judy A. Youmans-Long, Patrick Henry Academy; Vicki Jacobi, Varnville Elementary; Dawn Smith, Varnville Elementary; Robin Taylor, Varnville Elementary; Kaye Brown-Guty, Wade Hampton High School; Jennifer Nelson, Wade Hampton High School; Gangadhar Padigela, Wade Hampton High School.  

The Bright Ideas program was created in 2004 as a way to benefit local school teachers in grades K-12. These grants give teachers the money required to put their innovative classroom projects into action. Since the program’s inception, area teachers have received more than $465,349 in grants.

Palmetto Electric Trust is supported by the funds from Operation Roundup, a program in which the Cooperative’s members round their electric bill up to the nearest whole dollar. The program is a true example of how “small change changes lives.” Additional funding was provided by the Palmetto Electric’s Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout and Wire (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) Chapters.

For more information on the Bright Ideas grant program, contact Palmetto Electric Cooperative at (843)208-5551 or visit www.palmetto.coop.